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On the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter", who was the female singer?

C burton, Friday, 11 October 2002 18:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Merry Clayton.

Jody Beth Rosen, Friday, 11 October 2002 18:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Who also did backup vocals on Tori Amos "Cornflake Girl"! It's my favorite clever way to do a twofer on the radio.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 11 October 2002 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

i think id like gimme shelter if it didnt have the female backup vocals. though this might be just cos i generally hate any rock+gospel songs.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:27 (ten years ago) link

That's one of the few non corny instances of gospel backing vocals in rock songs.

redmond, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:32 (ten years ago) link

her solo version is good as well. think she did some of the tracks on the 'performance' OST as well

vain_bowers, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:36 (ten years ago) link

does a version without those vocals exist? im guessing only live.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:55 (ten years ago) link

without merry's vocals you mean? yeah im sure ive got an mp3 from the let it bleed sessions without her vocals and keith singing pretty high in the mix

vain_bowers, Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:59 (ten years ago) link

i found one version without the backing vocals (just some ooohs on the intro). its much better. much rawer. suits the song.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 23 January 2009 18:14 (ten years ago) link

psh! Well, each to their own, I guess.

Mark G, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:02 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...
four months pass...
eight years pass...

Saw em from nose bleed seats @ the Washington DC Area football stadium Wednesday night . My wife had never seen em before so we went. I had last seen em in 81 I think. They did Don Covay’s “Mercy Mercy” for the first time live since 1969 in London. Some of Mick’s dancing is a parody of himself at this point but he and the band and their guest musicians sounded good. Keith dyed his hair brown.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 July 2019 06:34 (four months ago) link

how was the ‘81 show? that m/l where I get off the bus with their studio output.

I saw them in ‘99 and it was surprisingly good, despite my conviction that they were nearly 20 years past their sell-by date then.

crazy realizing that the intervening time frame has more than doubled since :/

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:21 (four months ago) link

Hyde Park Concert 50 years ago today. The ‘Stones in the Park’ film is worth a glance, even simply as a time-capsule of how a brief era looked.

Luna Schlosser, Friday, 5 July 2019 11:11 (four months ago) link

i've probably said this before here, but in the late 70s i was flipping through my parents' records and asked my mom who these Rolling Stones were and she was like "oh they're a really OLD band, they've been a band for a LONG TIME"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 July 2019 12:35 (four months ago) link

Chris Richards review in Washington Post of the show the other night suggested that Mick's heart surgery caused the band to subsequently become tighter and better in 2019 live than they have been in years because they now somehow realize they could die soon. I feel like they have always been able to play proficiently onstage, the issue is just that their songwriting ability disappeared after Some Girls.

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:57 (four months ago) link

I don't no, I keep hearing similar things. The two times I saw them before, one show was definitely better than the other, but both shows, the band seemed pretty bored.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:01 (four months ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:02 (four months ago) link

There's like 14-16 common songs (out of 20-21) between every show they do now. Ron Wood has talked about finding flexibility within the war horses, but still...

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:23 (four months ago) link

Everything about this band is just horrible now. Their live sound is a total mess, Jagger is awful, 90% of the setlist consists of some of the worst music ever recorded - You Got me Rocking? Start me Up? It's just pure dogshit. Even the albums that have been canonised (the post Jones albums) are dreary, pasty, country blues wankathons with endlessly tedious guitars and embarrassing lyrics. Hot Rocks is all you need.

Fried Egg Sandwich, Saturday, 6 July 2019 20:57 (four months ago) link

tracer's mom otm (again)

j., Saturday, 6 July 2019 23:09 (four months ago) link

i haven't looked into it much really but every time i watch some live stones footage, even very famous well-regarded dates from long ago, jagger seems like an utter embarrassment, and i'm baffled how he ever sustained any kind of reputation as a sex symbol or performer of music

j., Saturday, 6 July 2019 23:11 (four months ago) link

Haha otm

Οὖτις, Sunday, 7 July 2019 01:39 (four months ago) link

I like a lot of the records but watching jagger perform - in any era - is usually embarrasing

Οὖτις, Sunday, 7 July 2019 01:40 (four months ago) link

Eheh that reminds me the MJs story about M. Jackson’s being amazed at how bad a singer M. Jagger was during their recording sessions together and wondering how he managed to have such a career !

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 7 July 2019 07:44 (four months ago) link

gotta work twice as hard etc.

j., Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:05 (four months ago) link

Hum I’m not sure Jagger worked twice as hard as Jackson during his career!

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:24 (four months ago) link


Οὖτις, Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:32 (four months ago) link

The “joke” is that the average black person has to work twice as hard for half as much as the average white person

Οὖτις, Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:33 (four months ago) link

AIXTC, it's a reference to the proverbial notion according to which black Americans have to work twice as hard to get half of what white Americans have.

Not everyone is familiar with this line outside the US tbf.

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:35 (four months ago) link


pomenitul, Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:35 (four months ago) link

I’ve never heard that MJ quote, but kinda nonsensical IMO to compare Jagger to Jackson.

stan by me (morrisp), Sunday, 7 July 2019 15:49 (four months ago) link

Oh ok, sorry, yeah didn't get that !
as for that MJ story regarding his session with MJ, I've read it somewhere... will try to find it.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 8 July 2019 08:32 (four months ago) link

"Jackson reportedly later complained that Jagger sang off key, asking "how did he ever get to be a star?" according to Christopher Andersen's 'Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger."

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 8 July 2019 08:36 (four months ago) link

It's a lousy song, anyway...

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 8 July 2019 08:36 (four months ago) link

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